NZ Geographic show arrives in Auckland

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Following a successful exhibition in Chrischurch, the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year exhibition moves to Auckland for a month tomorrow (Saturday 3 October).

“With a month of voting to go, it’s still wide open,” says NZG editor James Frankham. Readers can vote their favourite at now (or on touch screens at the exhibition).

The 2015 show opens at the Viaduct, offering viewers a fresh vision of our country’s environment and culture. The public is invited to get along to this free, all weather outdoor exhibition and put themselves in the judges’ chair by voting for the People’s Choice Award.

Now in its eighth year, this year’s contest features a total of 27 finalists chosen from the largest ever field of entries – 5800 entries were received across five categories: Society & Culture, Wildlife, Landscape, Photo Story and (new to the competition in 2015) the Timelapse category.

The diverse images from these 27 finalists have been combined with some of the best images of prior years to form this outdoor exhibition. Located in Karanga Plaza, adjacent to the Viaduct Events Centre, the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year exhibition consists of large format prints and digital screens housed inside specially fitted out shipping containers with an image forest beneath a parabolic sail – it’s suitable for all ages; a perfect school holiday, lunchtime or weekend outing.

The winners will be unveiled in late October.

Winners of each category receive $1000 cash, publication in New Zealand Geographic and other prizes. The overall New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2015 will receive a further $1000 cash and a berth on board a Heritage Expeditions voyage on assignment for New Zealand Geographic magazine.

The Young Photographer of the Year 2015 also receives $1000 cash as well as special mentoring and a workshop with wildlife photographer and judge Kim Westerskov. The People’s Choice winner also takes home $1000 cash and other prizes.

View all the finalist images (and vote on your favourite) here:

Visit the Photographer of the Year exhibition at Karanga Plaza, adjacent to the Viaduct Events Centre from Saturday October 3 to Sunday November 1 (10am-5pm daily). Open until 9pm on Tuesday October 13 for the Late Night Art Event during Auckland Art Week.


Society & Culture
Alan Gibson: Sand artists near Mt Maunganui
David White: Girl performing a pukana on a horse
Ricky Wilson: Muddy boys being hosed down by firefighters
Richard Robinson: Cat rescuer surrounded by felines
Iain McGregor: ‘Color Run’ afterparty in Christchurch
Iain McGregor: A home bordering Christchurch’s red zone
Arno Gasteiger: Man dragging a large broadbill onto his boat
Lawrence Smith: Police barricade at a budget protest


Jeff McEwan: Whanganui Coastline from the air
Jason Hosking: Giant waves at Palliser Beach
Michinori Kagawa: A frosty morning in Mt Cook National Park
Susan Blick: Dawn looking over the Hauraki Gulf towards Rangitoto


Alex Stammers: A juvenile fish sheltering within a jellyfish
Spencer Clubb: Seals cavorting at Cape Palliser
Richard Sidey: Salvin’s albatrosses dwarfed by a large swell
Jeanette Nee: Monarch butterfly at Te Puna Quarry Park
Richard Robinson: Blue shark rearing out of the water
Kyle Taylor: Fur seal diving at Poor Knights Islands


Cam McLaren: Inside the religious community of Gloriavale
Richard Robinson: Bow-hunting carp fish in the Waikato River
Peter Meecham: The finals of Miss Universe New Zealand
Neil Silverwood: Exploring Bulmer Cavern, NZ’s largest cave system


Mark Gee: Moonrise over Mt Victoria
Mark Gee: Nightscapes around the Wellington region
Bevan Percival: Tongariro National Park
Bevan Percival: Star scenes around New Zealand
Jordan Poste: Glowworms in Waipu Cave, Northland
Steven Pearce: A giant rimu tree in Pureora Forest

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